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Each property in Hardin County which is served by a private septic system is required to have the system inspected prior to the sale or deed transfer for any home/building.
"The purpose of the law is to eliminate sub-standard or polluting septic systems." - Iowa DNR
If the septic tank does not have a secondary treatment system following it, such as a leach field or sand filter, the system will automatically fail inspection. Otherwise, if the system is not properly treating the wastewater, which is determined by the inspection report and the Sanitarian's interpretation of said report, the system may fail or require updating.
To start the inspection process, you will need to contact a Certified Time of Transfer Inspector. You can find a List of Certified Time of Transfer Inspectors (PDF) on the Iowa DNR website. The inspector you choose can be/work from any county in Iowa. Once the inspection is finished, the inspector will send the results to the Sanitarian. The Sanitarian will then read the report and determine whether the system passes or fails inspection.
IMPORTANT: Make sure that you get the inspection done in plenty of time for upgrades to be made to the system - even if you "know" that your system is going to pass. Get your inspection done well in advance of your closing date, at least two weeks.
There are certain exceptions, under which circumstances a Time of Transfer inspection can be waived. A few of the exceptions are listed below, and the rest can be found on this list provided by the Iowa DNR (PDF):
There are certain circumstances under which we allow delay of installation or inspection of a septic system. These are uncommon, and it should not be assumed that you qualify without confirming with the Sanitarian. Please find a description of each below.
An agreement for future installation would allow a replacement or repair to a septic system to occur after the property has been transferred to the buyer. This is highly uncommon, and virtually the only circumstance which would allow for this is weather limitations. Taking too long to have the inspection completed and finding out the system needs replaced the day before closing does not qualify.
An agreement for future inspection would allow for the septic system to be inspected after the property has been transferred to the buyer. This is highly uncommon, and virtually the only circumstance which would allow for this is weather limitations. Again, waiting until the last minute to get an inspection does not qualify. It is worth noting that inspectors are legally allowed 10 days to complete their inspection report.
An agreement for building demolition would be issued in the instance that the property buyer is planning to demolish the home/building connected to the septic system. A deadline for demolition would be set with the assumption that no one will be inhabiting the home/using the septic system in the time between when the property is transferred and the deadline date. The septic tank will need to be properly abandoned in accordance with Chapter 69 of Iowa Administrative Code.
708 16th St. Eldora IA 50627
Monday - Friday
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian
Phone : (641) 849-7372
*Please call ahead - Jessica is frequently out in the field and might not be in the office.